Vegas Weekender: Many Reasons to be thankful in Vegas


KISS performs at the Palms

 Your turkey isn’t the only thing getting stuffed for Thanksgiving. This weekend, Vegas is busting at the seams with activities for guests of all ages.

Take a stroll through one of the holiday attractions or laugh until your sides hurt with comedy headliners including Bill Cosby, Jay Leno and David Spade. Basketball fans can spend the weekend at the Las Vegas Invitational College Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena while partiers gear up for a wild night on the dance floor with Paul Oakenfold spinning inside Rain at the Palms. Music fans can rock and roll all night with a performance by legendary music group KISS at the Palms.


Experience the North Pole at the Excalibur

Take a magical journey to the North Pole with Polar Express 4-D Experience on Excalibur’s Fantasy Faire level.

Based on the popular movie, Polar Express 4-D Experience is a multi-sensory adventure complete with faux snow. Open daily through Jan. 6, 2010, hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon. – Thu.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun. Cost is $15.

Magical Forest will enchant guests

Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season with a stroll through the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Enjoy an enchanted forest, photos with Santa and entertainment by local performing groups. Take in the sights on foot or hop on the Forest Express, a train that winds its way through the two-acre display. Kids of all ages can delight in a ride on the Enchanted Carousel. The Gift Box Café offers tasty treats. All proceeds benefit Opportunity Village.

This attraction is open daily through Jan. 2, 2010 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sun. – Thu.; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Tickets start at $7.50 for children (ages 3 – 11) and $9.50 for adults (ages 12 and up). For more information, call (702) 225-XMAS.

Mystic Falls Park is a winter wonderland

Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town transports guests to a winter wonderland. Located in the hotel’s 25,000-sqaure-foot indoor park, this festive attraction features various scenes with animated animals and a light and water show choreographed to holiday music.

The free 15-minute show takes place at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily, but the display can be enjoyed throughout the day until Jan. 2, 1010.


Nothing but net at this basketball tournament

Basketball fans won’t want to miss the Las Vegas Invitational College Basketball Tournament live at Orleans Arena. The field of eight teams includes Seattle University, Presbyterian College, Wofford College and Southern University. The tournament is Nov. 27 – 28 with each team playing both days of the event and the championship round taking place on the final day. Games start at noon.


Kick up your cowboy boots at Stoney’s

Thanksgiving night Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, is treating ladies to $1 admission and $1 drink specials. Get ready for some boot scootin’ boogie with free dance lessons starting at 7:30 p.m. On Nov. 27 Stoney’s will host legendary American country music band Reckless Heart at 9 p.m. Guests who arrive early can enjoy free well wine and draft beer from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

Perfecto at the Palms with Oakenfold, Pavo

Electrifying beats by famous DJ Paul Oakenfold and Pavo provide the perfect opportunity to work off that Thanksgiving feast on the dance floor at Rain Nightclub at the Palms on Nov. 28. Doors open at 11 p.m.

Ask yourself, ‘Are you the next Miss Playboy?’

Head to Playboy Club at the Palms on Nov. 29 as gorgeous women compete to be Miss Playboy November. Pop sensation Matt Goss and creator of the world-famous Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin, will judge. Doors open at 11 p.m.

Zowie Bowie does Vintage Vegas

Stay classy on Sunday nights at Cufflinks and Cocktails at Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo, featuring cast and crew from the Zowie Bowie Vintage Vegas show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Pure Fun with Scott the Engineer

On Nov. 28 dance off that pumpkin pie to beats by Howard Stern’s Scott the Engineer spinning at Pure inside Caesars Palace. Doors open at 10 p.m.


Headliners take the stage in Vegas

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby performs at Treasure Island

From Bill Cosby to “America’s Got Talent Live,” these headliners give audiences a change to experience some of their favorite television moments live.

David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear — watch him perform his larger-than-life illusions at MGM Grand Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat.

Audiences in Vegas can experience all the fun and excitement of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” live at Planet Hollywood. Hosted by celebrity talk show host Jerry Springer, the production features this year’s top performers including million dollar winner Kevin Skinner. See it Nov. 26 – Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Wed. – Sun.

Barry Manilow performs audience favorites in “ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits” at Las Vegas Hilton Nov. 27 – 29 at 8 p.m.

Out of the television and onto the stage – Jay Leno’s jokes resonate even more with the crowd in person. See the Emmy Award-winning talk show host live at Mirage Nov. 27 – 28 at 10 p.m.

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby is no stranger to the spotlight. See him at Treasure Island Nov. 27 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Funnyman David Spade delights audiences with his sarcastic, sharp-tongued brand of humor in his show at the Venetian on Nov. 27 – 28 at 9 p.m.

Cher delivers a parade of hits and stunning Bob Mackie-designed costumes in her show at Caesars Palace on Nov. 28 – 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Renowned Psychic John Edward crosses over Vegas for a show at the Flamingo Nov. 28 at 11 a.m.

Rock and roll all night long with legendary rock band KISS live at the Palms Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.